Anger over gang-rape of photographer in Mumbai
SHOTLIST MUMBAI AUGUST 23, 2013 - General scene outside the hospital early morning. - VAR of the crime scene - VAR of photojournalists take out a protest march waving placards -------------------------------------------------- AFP STORY India-crime-police-assault-rape,2ndlead Anger grows over gang-rape of photographer in Mumbai by Rachel O'BRIEN =(PICTURE+VIDEO)= ATTENTION - UPDATES with police chief quotes, voxpops /// MUMBAI, Aug 23, 2013 (AFP) - Five men gang-raped a woman photographer in India's financial hub Mumbai, police said Friday, fuelling protests and stirring memories of a similar attack last December in New Delhi. The attack took place on Thursday evening in an upmarket district of central Mumbai as the 23-year-old woman and a male colleague were taking photos of old buildings for a magazine. The pair were approached by members of the gang and told they should not be there. The man was then tied up with a belt while the woman was raped repeatedly nearby, Mumbai's police commissioner Satyapal Singh told reporters. "It is a shameful and extremely disturbing event," he said. One man in his early 20s has been arrested while the hunt is on for his four alleged accomplices, who have been identified by police. Sketches of the accused have been released. The victim, reportedly an intern, is undergoing treatment at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital and preliminary reports suggest multiple internal injuries, a police officer told AFP. A hospital statement said she was "stable". The attack, which shocked a city seen as far safer for women than the capital, happened in an abandoned mill compound next to an area of upscale apartment blocks, shops and restaurants. On Friday, police stood watch in forested patches while others walked through overgrown grass around the cordoned-off crime scene, where greenery has crept over the walls of the derelict structure. "We are 100 percent confident of cracking the case," Singh said, adding that 20 police teams have been formed as part of the investigation. "We will gather all the clinching evidence and aim to get the maximum punishment, which we hope will be done through a fast-track court." The incident comes eight months after another 23-year-old woman was gang-raped by five men in a moving bus in New Delhi, while her male companion was beaten up. She died two weeks later from severe injuries. A trial is in in its final stages in that case, which sparked massive protests and led to a tougher anti-rape law. The new measures increased punishment for sex offenders, which now include the death penalty if a victim dies, and broadened the definition of sexual assault. Sex crimes have continued across India since the December 16 gang-rape, and Thursday's attack once again captured the attention of the media and public. "Women need to be vigilant and aware of themselves and the surroundings. There is no solution, no cure," Swati Pillai, who works in south Mumbai with an advertising firm, told AFP. Business manager and mother Manjiri Jamadagni said the incident was "very disturbing". "Bombay was always safe but in recent years it's been changing. It's not the same," she said, using Mumbai's former name. The city council came under fire in May for a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequin dummies in shops and markets for fear they could encourage sex crime. Thursday's attack sparked anger on social media websites, and journalist groups protested in Mumbai on Friday afternoon, with many holding signs which read "Mumbai: India's New Rape Capital" and "Bring Rapists To Book!". India's parliament in New Delhi also erupted in anger. India's Law Minister Kapil Sibal said sex assaults must be dealt with "in the most severe fashion". "This country cannot afford to have our women (and) children insecure in the hands of those who attack them," he told reporters. sal-rob/adp/st
Jesse McCartney - Jesse McCartney
JESSE McCARTNEY “If we get back together/It’ll be like when I met ya” “Back Together” Hard to believe it’s been five years since Jesse McCartney’s last album release, Departure Recharged, and a whole decade since his solo debut, Beautiful Soul, the platinum-certified album that sold more than 1.8 million copies. The title track to that album hit #3 on the U.S. Top 40 radio charts and topped the charts in Australia, the Philippines and Taiwan, garnering him an American Music Award nomination for Best New Artist and three Teen Choice Awards. McCartney also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated global hit “Bleeding Love,” for Leona Lewis, a chart-topper in 34 countries, winning an ASCAP award for Song of the Year. In the same year, his own “Leavin’” went to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 as radio’s Most Played Song of 2008. Now, at 26, McCartney’s music has matured along with him, and In Technicolor is the result, released on his own Eight0eight Records and distributed by INgrooves, a fully realized nod to the classic ‘70s/early ‘80s disco sound as heard on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album and more recently, by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, with a further nod to Prince and his long-stated love of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Lauryn Hill. “That’s what I’ve always gravitated towards,” says McCartney. “That being said, my record is not a period piece. You study old masters and let it filter through you to make your own unique art.” The first single, “Back Together,” with its vamping funk guitar and hip-hop flavor, came out of a writing session with Nashville pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae’s Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet for their album. “I had a pivotal moment with that song, which – somewhat accidentally – nailed a sound I was searching for - for myself,” says Jesse. “It was both retro and contemporary. I envisioned real horns, real instruments, tight syncopation.” The track turned out to be the start of In Technicolor, as this is where Jesse met the production team The Elev3n, whose credits included Sean Kingston, Cher Lloyd and Karmin. The Elev3n ended up producing most of the album, with two songs produced by Troy “R8DIO” Johnson [Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Backstreet Boys], including the shimmering ballad, “Checkmate.” Songs like “Superbad” could have come right off Thriller, while “Young Love” evokes the time period by name-checking Dirty Dancing in the lyrics and “Tie the Knot” is a thumping wedding song in which you can practically see the mirrored ball spinning at Studio 54 set against the soulful, punchy horn lines. A pulsing bass and insinuating funk rhythm rules the party song, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” Jesse’s version of “Get Lucky,” with its urgent admonition, “Don’t mess with it/Just move with it… Got the invitation to be your plus one.” “This album had a completely different energy from the start,” Jesse explains. “I used to write dozens of demos with many different producers and then cull them down to 11 or 12 songs. This time, we essentially wrote the 11 songs on the album, with a few bonus tracks. There was absolutely no waste. The album as a whole is by far my proudest musical achievement to date.” That is saying something, given McCartney’s remarkable achievements over the young veteran’s impressive 16-year show business career. Born in Westchester, a suburb of New York City, Jesse began performing at local community musicals by the age of seven, making his Broadway debut in The King and I when he was 10, then landing a major role on the daytime soap opera All My Children, earning two Emmy nominations. He later appeared in a Broadway production of A Christmas Carol with The Who’s Roger Daltrey. Two years later, at 12, he was the singer in the “tween” boy band Dream Street, whose self-titled album was certified gold. By 16, he was launching his solo career, performing a version of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Anne Hathaway for the Ella Enchanted soundtrack, releasing his debut album, Beautiful Soul, in Sept. 2004 on the heels of his recurring role in the WB show Summerland. Other acting roles include film credits like Chernobyl Diaries, indie films Keith and Beware the Gonzo, guest arcs on ABC Family’s Greek and now the new 2014 season of Young and Hungry, voiceover work in the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies, and a season as Private Tim Truman in Lifetime TV’s Army Wives. With the release of In Technicolor on his own label through a partnership with INgrooves, McCartney has embraced the indie model of doing it himself. “It was an easy choice for me at this point in my career,” he explains. “I weighed all the options. At the end of the day I wanted to be able to have ownership and control of my music. The fact I already have built a base of loyal fans allowed me to successfully do so. In some ways, it’s definitely harder being independent as opposed to signing with a major label. “But in the end, it’s so much more liberating. I’m enjoying every second of being a hands-on businessman and artist.” Or, as he sings on “:Technicolor Part 2,” “There’s no other place I’d rather be.” Jesse McCartney fans would agree whole-heartedly. With In Technicolor, he’ll find a whole new spectrum of fans.
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